Public Programs: Winter/Spring 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017; 07:30PM - 09:30PM

Existential Therapy and Jungian Analysis: Toward an Existential Depth Psychology

Presented by Stephen Diamond, Ph.D.

Jung's phenomenological approach to psychoanalysis --including his ability to cast aside his own Freudian dogmatism and scientific materialism, and willingness to describe as best he could, the personal and transpersonal phenomena of the psyche -- gave birth to analytical psychology or Jungian analysis. Since what came to be termed existential analysis (Binswanger, Boss, and Frankl) and later, existential therapy (May, Bugental, and Yalom), is founded upon this same fundamental phenomenological method, and shares certain “ultimate concerns” (e.g., meaning, suffering, integrity, creativity, evil) with Analytical Psychology, Jung can, in many ways, be credited with being one of the main progenitors of today’s existential therapy. By comparing the contemporary practices of both existential therapy and Jungian analysis, including essential similarities and differences, we will examine how a complementary synthesis of these two profound and powerful therapeutic orientations can lead us to an “existential depth psychology.”

Course Objectives:

  • Describe what is meant by Jung's phenomenological approach to psychoanalysis and how this different from Freud's approach.
  • Describe similarities and differences between Jungian analysis and existential psychotherapy.

Stephen Diamond Ph.D., is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist in private practice in Los Angeles. A former pupil and protégé of existential psychoanalyst Rollo May, he is the author of Anger, Madness and the Daimonic: The Psychological Genesis of Violence, Evil and Creativity (SUNY Press, 1996), a chapter in Meeting the Shadow: The Hidden Power of the Dark Side of Human Nature (Tarcher/Putnam, 1990) and, most recently, a chapter on existential therapy in the textbook Contemporary Theory and Practice in Counseling and Psychotherapy (SAGE, 2015). He has taught at Loyola Marymount University, the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, and the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich.

Pre-registered: $35.00 | At Door: $40.00
Continuing Education: 2 CE credits available, see Continuing Education page
Location: C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, Lecture Room, see Contact Us page

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Psychologists:The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles is approved by the American Psyschological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Please see the individual program for the number of CE credits awarded for each course. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. Psychologists report directly to the MCEP using the certificates of attendance awarded at the completion of the course.

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